Industry round-up: EDDA Technology, Elbit, Merge
EDDA Technology is introducing its IQQA-Liver Enterprise for contrast multidetector CT (MDCT) abdominal imaging at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2007, in Providence, R.I., June 7-10. The enterprise software solution enables the advanced 4D imaging application, which supports physicians' real-time evaluation of liver and hepatic lesions, to run concurrently on hospitals’ existing PACS workstations. 

IQQA-Liver addresses the clinical challenge faced by physicians in efficiently dealing with tremendous data volume from contrast MDCT images of liver. Combining advanced image analysis algorithms and visualization tools, the software supports physicians to quickly distill critical diagnostic information from data volume of very large size. It performs automatic anatomic phase registration to allow simultaneous visualization and cross-referencing of lesion location and characteristics across the different phases. IQQA-Liver also provides 3D segmentation and measurement tools for the visualization and analysis of liver lesions, hepatic vascular structures, as well as liver lobes. This volumetric analysis provides physicians with a strong visualization aid, but also offers quantification tools to support clinical decision making and patient care management. 

Israel-based Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. posted a Q1 2007 loss of $8.8 million, compared with a profit of $1.9 million in the year-ago period.

The company, however, saw revenue of $97.2 million. It expects to see additional gain of nearly $20.7 million as a result of recent sales results in forthcoming quarters.

Elbit said that without stock-based compensation, loss for Q1 was $5.6 million, compared with a net income of $2.3 million for Q1 2006.

Merge Healthcare announced several new contracts for Fusion RIS/PACS MX. The new contracts include: Atlanta Radiology Consultants based in Atlanta, Ga., a radiology group practice that provides outside reads for specialty practices and VA medical centers; Center for Medical Imaging Inc. of Germantown, Wis., a freestanding diagnostic imaging center that will use Fusion RIS/PACS MX to streamline operational efficiency; and Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology of Long Island, N.Y., with 25 physicians in eight locations across two counties, will upgrade from existing Merge Healthcare technology to Fusion RIS/PACS MX to improve clinical workflow.